It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. – Frederick Douglass
There’s nothing as powerful and inspiring to a child than their parents’ love, and while the
21st century has brought about a particular mockery of love as both a feeling and a notion (chiefly due to the currently highly unpopular emotional commitment and loyalty), love truly is the base of health, happiness and self-confidence, especially in children.
A loved child is a happy child, a child with healthy emotional and psychological bases set for a life ahead of them. Encouraged, educated and cherished children will be much likely to achieve grand successes in life, build strong relationships in their adulthood and live an emotionally stable life. This will, further, encourage them to push towards achievement, optimism, healthy curiosity and hard work.
Every parent’s obligation is to healthily communicate the love and support for their child, especially in the early stages of development, when their personality is formed and they’re still vulnerable to the world.
As Alvin Toffler put it, parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.
One of the most important keys to success is self-confidence. Without it, a person is lost in their intents, intellectual capacities and potentially prosperous desires which can ultimately lead to misery and dissatisfaction.
As a parent, you must understand that your role is to inspire confidence in your child, love them, support them and talk to them about their possibilities. The best way to inspire self-belief in a child is to show them how loved and valued they are, to respect their ideas from the early age (no matter how silly they might sound) or talk to them calmly and stir those ideas in the right direction. Inspiring critical thinking through interaction and healthy conversation builds one’s character and, communicating with you, your child is actually communicating with their biggest authority which, to them, reads both gratifying and motivating.
Appreciate your child’s desire for action, their hobbies or the need to talk. It is crucial to help your children feel like little superheroes and cherish their right to feel good about themselves. Teach your kids to believe in themselves, and you’ll teach them health.
Naturally, your task is to channel the limit between turning confident and conceited.
Constant self-improvement is a path to success, and this is something your child needs to understand from the early age. Obviously, not every child will express a desire for discovering and learning new things and this is where you step in as a parent.
Help your child evolve by lightly and subliminally “offering” them knowledge and new information; books, music, interaction, cartoons, movies, socializing, sports, museum visits, etc. – the more activities and knowledge sources you present to your child, the bigger chances are they will take up on one (or more). However, don’t ever be forceful; every form of self-improvement (i.e. a desire to advance) should come naturally and willingly, otherwise you’ll be causing a counter-effect.
Confident people tend to attract people who are just as confident, successful and accomplished. The key to building positive and healthy relationships starts in early childhood, with kids being encouraged to interact with their peers through play, open communication, creative thinking and ultimately – actions.
Teach your child how to approach their peers and create friendships; sign them up in an early learning center to encourage socializing and create chances for your kids to meet new people (kids), find peers who are like-minded and/or similar to them, play and learn in the process.
It’s essential you teach your kids the beauty of differences among people and why they should respect them. More importantly, don’t just teach them – let them learn from your examples.
Children are beautiful little life-investigators whose primary interest at an early age is to find out and understand the world around them. Your role should be to guide them to understand what they like, not press them into adopting your personal beliefs. That being said, stay optimistic and open, and be your child’s major support!
Author Bio :
Emma Lawson is a busy mom to two wonderful boys. She is passionate about writing and her boys are her inspiration. She loves to explore, learn and share about parenting techniques. She is a regular contributor to High Style Life. You can follow her on Twitter @